Court Watch NOLA — General Support (2018)

Organization Name 
Award Date 
2/2018
Grant Amount 
$100,000
Purpose 
For general support.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN is a 501(c)(3) organization led by Simone Levine that utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform.

We previously recommended a $100,000 grant to CWN in October 2017. Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, considers CWN to be a good source of learning and training on court watching methodology. For more on Chloe’s thoughts about CWN, see her section in a recent blog post, which suggests CWN as a good giving option for individual donors.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.